Doing her part to ensure the recognition and validation of the new genre, Sandi has recorded some of the newer praise choruses, including Darlene Zschech’s “Shout to the Lord,” on the new record. In so doing, she again proves her versatility — the voice of the old, the new and the patriotic. Throughout her career, Sandi has incorporated patriotic performances on stages from the White House to the studio. In fact, Sandi was introduced to the world at large when her rendition of “Star Spangled Banner” was broadcast in 1986 on ABC for the Statue of Liberty rededication ceremony. And she pays tribute to the red, white and blue on the latest record. The reasoning behind these song inclusions on the album is simple: gratitude.

“We (the church itself) are part of a country that allows us to worship freely and to gather in places to express our faith and our commitment to Christ.”

And it’s that commitment that’s behind her motivation and perseverance in her faith and music. Sandi cites her favorite passage, John 8:31-32, as a promise that she clings to and lives by. (“If you continue in My Word, then you are my disciple and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”)

“I think there are some really important elements to that Scripture. That word ‘continue’ is a process word. It’s not something you do once and then you stop. You know, as a disciple of Christ, you have studied the Word of God. A disciple of music studies music. A disciple of medicine studies medicine. As we study the Word of God, we come to know what the truth is; and it is the truth that Christ teaches that will set us free.

“I think we can all learn from our pasts, and that includes some musical heritage,” she says. “There’s just a vast wealth of knowledge and wisdom and stories that we can all learn and grow from. And I guess in my own way, I just want to say, ‘Let’s not forget this treasure that we have in these songs.’”

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